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Ute Council Tree's roots run deep
Ute Council Tree's roots run deep

When the Ute Council Tree was a very small sapling, about 215 years ago, Thomas Jefferson was president of the United States. The strong and mighty Ute Indians roamed freely through the area that later became known as western Colorado. The Ute Council Tree provided a gathering place where tribal leaders could talk about important issues while children played in the shade of the tree.

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Ute Council Tree
Ute Council Tree

Those who know trees, especially cottonwood trees, have said for years that it is "just a matter of time" when the Ute Council Tree gives up its last vestige of life in its limbs and succumbs eventually to the whims of nature. Such appears to have been the fate of this historic tree in 2017.

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Ute Council Tree's roots run deep
Ute Council Tree's roots run deep

When the Ute Council Tree was a very small sapling, about 215 years ago, Thomas Jefferson was president of the United States. The strong and mighty Ute Indians roamed freely through the area that later became known as western Colorado. The Ute Council Tree provided a gathering place where tribal leaders could talk about important issues while children played in the shade of the tree.

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Short dedication planned for Ute Council Tree Friday

The Delta County Historical Society, owner of the 215+ year old Ute Council Tree, has made plans to have the ailing Ute Council Tree cut down to a level about 10 to 12 feet above the ground, with further plans to create a memorial with the surviving trunk of the tree. With the loss of the last limb on the tree trunk on Aug. 1, tree experts, following an up-close examination, have determined that the tree is now at great risk of a catastrophic failure since the crown of the tree contains the only remaining branches.

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Ute Council Tree to be cut down
Ute Council Tree to be cut down

The Delta County Historical Society board of trustees met in emergency session Aug. 10 and concluded by unanimous vote that the Ute Council Tree must be cut down. A portion of the base trunk will be left standing as a memorial.

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Arborist assesses Ute Council Tree

A professional arborist has been employed by the Delta County Historical Society to assess the health of the Ute Council Tree. Early this week, Gil Mitchell of Davey Tree Company got a close look at the tree, courtesy of a Delta-Montrose Electric Association bucket truck and crew.

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Historic landmark damaged
Historic landmark damaged

A huge chunk of the Ute Council Tree broke off early Tuesday morning, raising questions about the future of the historic landmark in North Delta. When he heard a loud crash at about 7 a.m., neighboring homeowner Ken Kothe said there was no doubt in his mind what had occurred.

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